Accident ASL Valkyrie Type A 7, Thursday 25 May 1911
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Date:Thursday 25 May 1911
Type:ASL Valkyrie Type A
Owner/operator:Valkyrie School
Registration: 7
MSN: 7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex
Destination airport:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
25.5.1911 ASL Valkyrie Type A No. 7, Valkyrie School: Written off (damaged beyond repair) when stalled attempting gliding descent and dived in from approximately 100 feet (30 metres), at Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex. Pilot - Bernard Greenwood Benson (aged 20) - was killed. This accident it believed to be the first fatal aircraft accident at Hendon. According to the Wikipedia entry for this aircraft type:

"Although they were considered tricky to fly, by contemporary standards the Valkyrie monoplane was a successful design. Most of the aircraft produced were used for training and exhibition purposes, principally at the ASL's flight school at Hendon. On 25 May 1911 a six-week-old Valkyrie from the Valkyrie school crashed killing the student pilot Bernard Benson, only the third Briton to be killed in an aircraft accident."


3. "Airman Killed at Hendon - Pupil's Fatal Flight". News. The Times (39595). London. 25 May 1911. col C, p. 9.
4. Flight magazine 5 June 1911 page 480 at
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Revision history:

14-Nov-2018 22:21 Dr.John Smith Added
18-Jan-2020 15:11 Anon. Updated [Source]

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